Radio hits and groovy tunes for road trips

College is the prime time for young adults to travel and explore. Proper tunes are necessary to accompany road trips and set the mood for such adventures. Each person is entitled to their own individual preferences. With spring break excursions fresh in Mercer students’ minds, it can generally be agreed upon that the key to any good road trip is music.  The sun is shining, the windows are down, and you are cruising down the highway. There are songs that can make the moment perfect.

Radio roulette can always be an entertaining substitute for a pre-planned playlist. Depending on the distance of your trek, the constantly changing radio stations provide a variety of songs from groovy gospel tunes to peppy mariachi music.

But there are certain songs that speak to the young and wild hearts of college students.

For you country fanatics, the newest tune that resonates with this editor’s wanderlust is Lady Antebellum’s “Compass.” The energetic instrumental introduction draws the listener in immediately and was perfect for kickstarting a spontaneous trip to Tybee.

If you have no appreciation for country music (each to his own), then maybe you are up for some classic oldies tunes. You can never go wrong with Elvis Presley or The Beatles, and no car ride is complete without a personal rendition of Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets.” And despite obvious cliches, blasting the Beach Boys album “Sights and Sounds of Summer” is a perfect soundtrack for a trip down to Panama or Hilton Head.

If oldies aren’t your jam, this generation of college students can certainly appreciate music from their own decade. ‘90s hits from artists such as R.E.M., U2, Green Day and even the iconic boy bands such as ‘N Sync or Backstreet Boys, are sure to set the mood for any college road trip.